Spring? ? ?

I know that spring is just around the corner because I found these in my yard yesterday.

Crocus

 

Crocus

Aren’t they beautiful??  Spring is coming in like a lion and I have two little orphans because of it.  George and Prissy were born on March 15th& 16th consecutively.  It’s was the worse days we’ve had all winter.  George’s mom decided he should be born and baptized at the same time so she had him in a wet weather spring in the middle of a blackberry patch in 0* weather.  He was so cold he could not get up to nurse and when Eddie found him Mom left to go eat.  Eddie packed him up in the tractor cab and carried him to our cellar.  Twenty four hours and lots of warm towels, heat lamp and propane heater, he was toddling around and taking a bottle.

George is curious and very pushy!!  Normal little bull.

George is curious and very pushy!! Normal little bull.

Prissy was delivered to the main house the next morning covered in ice and snow and barely alive.  I didn’t make it to work that day because of the snow and ice and I think Eddie was glad to have me there.  He found Prissy covered in four inches of ice and then snow.  Beside her, the mom was cleaning and trying to make her dead twin come back to life.  Eddie scraped off the snow and loaded her in the tractor and brought her to me.  I got out an old cutter quilt and he laid her by the woodstove. I grabbed old towels and blankets and started drying her off.  Sassy helped by licking her face.  I was certain she would die because her tongue was cold and she was so lifeless.  Sassy and I worked on her all morning, shifting her from side to side and warming another old quilt to lay over her.  We gave her about an ounce of warm milk every hour or so trying to get her warm on the inside and the outside.  Around 9:00 p.m. she started trying to get up on her own and by 10:00 she had taken three ounces so we decided to move her to the cellar with George.

Prissy-very quiet and docile.

Prissy-very quiet and docile.

Thankfully both calves are doing well.  George has been a little rough on Prissy and stepped on her the first night they were together and she limps from her left front leg but we’re hoping time and some loving care will fix that.  She’s a lot smaller than he is coming in at around 45-50 pounds and Eddie says George weighs over 75 pounds.

Here’s some more pics of them from the last two weeks and I’ll update their growth and shenanigans as time goes on.

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Prissy is trying to making friends with Cuddles, the cat.

Prissy is trying to making friends with Cuddles, the cat.

Curious calves.

Curious calves.

George has a voracious appetite, funny, big kicker, and is constantly sucking on Prissy's ears.

George has a voracious appetite, funny, big kicker, and is constantly sucking on Prissy’s ears.

Prissy is watching the chickens.  George usually chases them.

Prissy is watching the chickens. George usually chases them.

Prissy and George enjoying the sunshine.

Prissy and George enjoying the sunshine.

George climbing out of his hutch and Prissy wondering "why?"

George climbing out of his hutch and Prissy wondering “why?”

Feeding time!!

Feeding time!!

It's not as easy as it looks when there's only one person feeding them.

It’s not as easy as it looks when there’s only one person feeding them.

George tries to take Prissy's bottle when he empty's his first!

George tries to take Prissy’s bottle when he empty’s his first!

Just to let you know how I feed them, we buy powdered calf milk that is medicated and high in protein and feed them two quarts every eight hours.  The powdered milk is mixed with water and the first couple of feedings they are given colostrum to get the immune system going that they couldn’t get from their natural mom.  At three to four weeks, we start introducing them to the small grains.

More to come!!!

 

10 responses to “Spring? ? ?

  1. Hey cousin
    I love the blog about farm life! Truly amazing to see you bring life to those little calves .

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  2. So glad I’m not the only crazy person who brings in animals of any size when need be. Great pictures and will look forward to watching them grow!!

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  3. So sweet! We always fell in love with the new calves when I lived on a dairy farm in the 50’s. We were upstairs tenants so didn’t have the responsibilities — just the fun 🙂

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  4. Calving can become and adventure! Looks like they’re thriving–you’re taking good care of them.

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  5. Great to know that the “hibernation” period in Virginia is over, but then if I lived there – I would be the perfect member of the Bear family!

    I think I’d be breeding the cattle for the calving to start in slightly warmer temperatures. Strange that the cows more or less “orphaned”
    their new born calves. The calves with your TLC certainly look that they will survive – well done. (BIG TICK). Angus calves, eh?
    This breed doesn’t mind the cold climates, not too great in the tropics
    unless crossed with Brahmans – thus the Brangus breed.
    Brangus flourish in Queensland these days. Great beef cattle.

    Crocus: These plants strangely also flourish in the sub-tropics
    and I think I recall seeing them in places like Bali, New Caledonia and PNG!!!!

    I like your new photo: You look very professional.

    Autumn is here but so still is this bloody rain!!
    Up in FNQ and the Northern Territory regions, cyclones are
    still playing havoc.
    Here we get a daily downpour – now just after noon and a fine, sunny morning – the storm clouds are gathering from all sides. Fortunately no severity with winds and hail – but a bloody nuisance. Result with the sun, we get the humidity from the moist ground. “Saunaville” still exists!! Bugger.

    Good luck with the two new poddy calves. They will certainly keep you both busy but you will be well and truely aware of that, eh??? ha ha.

    Cheers
    Your Aussie mate
    Colin

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